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OPPD Community Solar Program

OPPD’s Community Solar Program will be the topic of Nebraskans for Solar’s March
presentation tomorrow evening at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, OPPD Dialogue Rooms 230/231, 7 to 8:30 pm.

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental
Sustainability Action Team, and The Nebraska Conservation Education Fund.

OPPD spokespersons will be Tricia McKnight, OPPD Product Specialist, and Heather Siebken,
Director of Product Development & Marketing. They will present an overview of OPPD’s
community solar program and how customer-owners will be able to participate. A Q&A will
follow their presentation.

Some Background Information:

At the OPPD Board of Director’s June 7, 2018 meeting, the board received an update on the project, including size and location. OPPD awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, to build a 5-megawatt solar facility in Fort Calhoun. The OPPD
facility will be built east of Fort Calhoun in Washington County, covering approximately 35 acres. Per
contract terms, the facility will go into operation by June 30, 2019.
Source: Here comes the sun, The Wire

Reserved parking is available in the lot near the Community Engagement Center. An attendant will be in the lot kiosk until 7 pm. Refreshments provided. Please join us and bring a friend!

Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s 5-megawatt community solar facility located on a portion of a 46-acre site near Northwest 75th and Holdrege Streets.

Previously Posted News Stories & Editorial

OPPD celebrates role in national award, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Community? Rooftop? What solar is right for you?, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Fort Calhoun area will be home to OPPD’s first community solar array,
Omaha World-Herald
Editorial: OPPD’s solar-shares program may stir customer interest,
Omaha World-Herald


NEXT ERA IN THE NEWS

 

NextEra will build OPPD’s 5-MW community solar project and is currently developing the 160-MW Sholes Wind Energy Center in Wayne and Stanton Counties, which is planned to be operational in July 2019.

 

NEBRASKA’S COMMUNITY-SCALE SOLAR

Nebraska towns and cities that have built community-scale solar, or are in various stages of planning or developing a project, include:

Ainsworth, Central City, Chadron, Fremont, Gothenberg, Grand
Island, Hastings, Hemingford, Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Loup City, Norfolk, Omaha / Fort Calhoun, O’Neill, Pawnee City, Schuyler,
Scottsbluff, South Sioux City, and Venango.

Click on the following resource to access news stories and other information about this statewide development: Community-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar

Links to Information About NPPD & LES Community Solar Programs

 

NPPD’s SunWise Program
NPPD customers can request community solar for their town or city by submitting the SunWise Community Interest Form here, potentially helping to grow community-scale solar in our state.

 

 

LES Community Solar Facility
LES Community Solar Brochure

YouTube Video: “Tim Burke, President & CEO of OPPD – Nebraska Sierra Club Presentation”

For those of you who missed Tim Burke’s presentation and Q&A last night at First United Methodist Church of Omaha, Nebraska Sierra Club Chair David Corbin has provided the link to the entire presentation.

The event was organized and sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter Sierra Club and co-sponsored by Green Bellevue and Nebraskans for Solar.

Videograher: Michael Mierendorf

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first annual Bellevue / Omaha Solar Tour!

In addition to Bellevue and Omaha, solar enthusiasts came from Bennington, Elkhorn, Grand Island, Hastings, Lincoln, York, Council Bluffs and Iowa City to attend the first-ever nationally-sponsored solar tour in our region. The event was part of the 2018 National Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors.

Thank you to local tour hosts Don Preister, shown in the above photo with his backyard solar array, and Eric Williams, the Wetherby family, City Sprouts, Exist Green and OPPD. The tour was sponsored by Nebraska Sierra Club, Green Bellevue and Nebraskans for Solar.

Photo Credit: KETV

NEWS STORIES

Thank you to everyone who attended our January event at UNO’s Community Engagement Center!

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for last evening’s event, Nebraskans for Solar’s Third Solar Group Buy Roundtable: to our co-sponsoring groups, Green Bellevue and Sierra Club; and to our presenters, discussion leaders, and audience participants who, together, created an excellent educational opportunity.

Wyndle Young, OPPD Projects Director, Customer Initiatives, discussed the following topics:

  1. Update of OPPD’s Distributed Generation Manual. Final revision to be announced.
  2. The ConnectDER: OPPD reviewed the innovative device, and on July 1, 2017, accepted it for use for certain Distributive Energy Resources including solar installations. See OPPD document link, below.
  3. Renovation of the Distributed Generation portion of OPPD’s website. Final revision to be announced.
  4. OPPD’S Community Solar Development. See information, below.

David Holtzclaw, owner of Transduction Technologies, summarized the step-by-step process for a business or homeowner to install a solar PV system. A Q&A followed during which he was joined by Jeff Bergrenn from GenPro Energy Solutions and Michael Shonka, owner of Solar Heat and Electric, as well as Solar Ambassadors, people who have installed a PV system and are willing to serve as resource persons to others in the group.

Attendees were provided a list of FAQ’s prepared by solar installers, which will be available at future events. Everyone was asked for their recommendations for future speakers and topics.

RESOURCES DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING 

Solar, Energy Conservation & Incentives

Community Solar
“In response to customer interest in solar-powered generation, OPPD is evaluating the potential for a community solar energy project. OPPD will continue to assess solar programs, while balancing our mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers.” – OPPD’s Integrated Resource Plan
OPPD’s Community Solar Update, by Jeff Karloff, Division Manager, Production Engineering, Fuels and Renewables. December 14, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting.
Presentation Slides

Proposal Details

  • Locations considered
    I-80 rest area near Gretna
    City of Fort Calhoun
    Bellevue landfill
  • Ten developers over 100 proposals
  • Electrical interconnection costs will be added to RFP prices

Local Solar Champions Presenting Nebraskans for Solar’s December Forum on Community Solar

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue & Sierra Club

December 14, 2017 – 7 to 8:30 pm

UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center

Combined Rooms 201 & 205

6401 Dodge Street


Nebraskans for Solar Board Member Leo Arens will moderate a presentation and discussion on “Community Solar” by a panel of local Solar Champions:

  • Clifford Mesner, Mesner Development, Central City
  • Brian Newton, Utility General Manager, Fremont
  • Jeff Buhrman and Terry Wittler, Capitol Beach Neighborhood Solar LLC,  Lincoln
  • Jeff Berggren, GenPro Energy Solutions, Lexington
  • Michael Shonka, Solar Heat & Electric, Omaha
  • Nebraska Public Power District Spokesperson, Columbus

All our events are open to the public. Please join us and contribute to the discussion! Refreshments provided.

Photo: A pollinator-friendly solar farm in Minnesota by Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

Thank you to everyone who attended last evening’s NFS community event!

Many thanks to everyone who attended the second Solar Group Buy Meeting last night at UNO’s Community Engagement Center: to Green Bellevue for your much-appreciated co-sponsorship, to audience members for sharing ideas and asking excellent questions before, during and after the meeting, and to our two panels of energy efficiency and solar energy experts, who provided a wealth of information:

  • David Holtzclaw, Transduction Technologies
  • Graham Christensen, GC ReVOLT
  • Jeff Berggren, GenPro Energy Solutions
  • Jon Traudt, Health and Energy Company
  • Leon Komar, Lifetime Home Services
  • Mark Lostcutoff, O-HEAT: Omaha Heat Energy Analysis and Testing
  • Michael Shonka, Solar Heat & Electric

Thank you to Rita Corell for sharing the link to “Solar Easements – Nebraska,” a topic discussed briefly at the meeting.

Please save the following dates and join us again at UNO’s Community Engagement Center for these events co-sponsored by Green Bellevue:

December 14, 2017: Panel Presentation on “Community Solar” organized by NFS board member Leo Arens

January 10, 2018: Third Solar Group Buy Meeting: Roundtable & Q&A With Solar Installers and Solar Ambassadors

Nebraskans for Solar’s November Event: Second Solar Group Buy Meeting

November 8, 2017
UNO Community Engagement Center
Combined Rooms 201 & 205

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue

Program Facilitators: NFS Board Members Helen and Ken Deffenbacher
Green Bellevue President Don Preister

6:45 pm: Come a little early to talk with the experts.
7:00 pm: Two panel presentations, each followed by a Q&A.
Each panelist will present a “5-Minutes-Or-Fewer” Talk.

First Panel: Energy Efficiency experts will discuss the steps they have taken to make their own homes more efficient, plus additional ways homeowners and businesses can save energy and money. Making a home or business more energy efficient will reduce the size solar array required to meet its electricity needs.

  • David Holtzclaw, Transduction Technologies
  • Jon Traudt, Health and Energy Company
  • Leon Komar, Lifetime Home Services
  • Mark Lostcutoff, O-HEAT: Omaha Heat Energy Analysis and Testing

Second Panel: Solar Energy Experts will present information on purchasing and installing a solar PV system. Included in the discussion will be a demonstration of the ConnectDER, available incentives, financing, the inspection process required by OPPD, the permit and other details.

  • David Holtzclaw, Transduction Technologies
  • Graham Christensen, GC ReVOLT
  • Jeff Berggren, GenPro Energy Solutions
  • Michael Shonka, Solar Heat & Electric

If you attended the first Solar Group Buy meeting on October 11th, please bring your information packets, as these have handouts with information you may want to ask the solar panelists about, and the following (optional) items:

  • Photo of your roof or other proposed solar installation site if you are going solar.
  • Photo of your project if you’ve installed a solar system since our October meeting.
  • OPPD bills for your personal reference to monthly kilowatt-hours (kWh) usage.

RESOURCES PRESENTED AT OUR OCTOBER 11th MEETING

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation, by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

Please join us and contribute to the discussion! Refreshments will be served. Information packets will be available to those who were unable to attend the October 11th meeting, for as long as quantities last.

CEC GUEST PARKING
Arrive before 7 pm if possible: Reserved parking is available for Nebraskans for Solar guests in Lot E in front of the Community Engagement Center. Visitors should enter through the parking booth, which is staffed by an attendant until 7pm. Let the attendant know you are there for the Nebraskans for Solar event. If Lot E has reached capacity, he or she will give you a permit to park in an adjacent lot. After 7 p.m. parking is available in all UNO lots, including the library’s lot next to the CEC.

Green Bellevue Hosts Another Memorable Earth Day Celebration

“Our vision for celebrating Earth Day is to offer a memorable, unprecedented and fun venue for our community to celebrate, raise awareness of the environmental needs in our community, and provide education on Earth friendly practices and why we must do them.”

Green Bellevue hosted the 2017 Sarpy County Earth Day on Sunday, April 30th at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center, and hundreds of people of all ages turned out to celebrate. President Don Preister began the event with a welcoming speech and opening ceremony. The Educational Speaker Series followed, along with a green expo with numerous exhibitors, youth activities, the Fashion-Trashion Show, and the Environment Champion Awards.

The Environment Champion award is given each year at Sarpy County’s Earth Day to those who demonstrated outstanding work in promotion of sustainable, green practices. The award is given to those who specifically impact environment efforts in the local area but can also be impacting other areas of Nebraska or globally.

The following are 2017 Environment Champions: 
Martha Ruff
Gus von Roenn, who has also served on Nebraskans for Solar’s Board.
Eric Williams, who is also Nebraskans for Solar’s Past President during 2017.
Sarah Lively
Cathy Fugel
Alex Colby
Jill Krumbach
Corrie Oberdin
David Stotts
Jeanine Lackey
David Holtzclaw
Kat Woerner
Tess Sykes
Emily Salie
Zoo Academy Class 2017
Alex Wiles
Kylee Rene Fischer
Debbie Fischer
Bellevue Garden Club
Roger Cox

To learn more about Green Bellevue, visit: www.greenbellevue.org.

Watch Green Bellevue’s March Presentation: “Solar Powering Your Home”

Last Sunday Green Bellevue presented the solar energy workshop, “Solar Powering Your Home: Learn how to install solar panels step-by-step.”

If you missed it, you can watch it now on YouTube or on Bellevue Television (BTV), Cox Cable Channel 17:

Wednesdays: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

In the presentation, David Holtzclaw, Energy Consultant and Owner of Transduction Technologies, discusses the process of installing residential (and small business) solar generators, describing the steps and considerations involved. 

Don Preister, Green Bellevue President and Councilman, then walks viewers through his own experience of installing a home solar system this past year.

Co-Sponsors: Green Omaha Coalition &  Nebraskans for Solar

Green Bellevue: Embracing Renewable Energy

Written by Cheril Lee, The Reader

Don Preister, Green Bellevue President and Bellevue City Councilman, Ward 5, started Green Bellevue in 2009. Through the organization, approximately 600 volunteers work on a host of different activities including Earth Day and Arbor Day programs, recycling efforts, wildlife habitat cleanup, Green Schools and Clean Energy programs. Preister said they also focus on water quality and sustainable gardening. Continue reading here to learn about Green Bellevue’s renewable energy programs and projects.

Green Bellevue’s March Program
Solar Powering Your Home: Learn how to install solar panels step-by-step
Presenters: Don Preister and David Holtzclaw, owner of Transduction Technologies

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Today’s Technology, Tomorrow’s Leaders: Lighting the Way at Creighton
By Cheril Lee, The Reader

In 2010, Creighton University contracted out to have four individual solar arrays installed around campus. Dr. Andrew Baruth, assistant professor of physics at Creighton University, explained the arrays came about thanks to the direct efforts of Dr. Michael Cherney, now an emeritus professor at Creighton. “In conversation, he learned of money that was available through the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a stimulus package that could potentially go to fund something like this,” said Baruth. Read more here.